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    Senator Mitch McConnell

    From: KY

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-06-29

    McCONNELL. Mr. President, the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico is in crisis. It owes billions of dollars in debt, and without prompt congressional action, it could be forced to leave residents without essential...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-06-29

    REID. Mr. President, today we are going to finally consider legislation addressing Puerto Rico's economic crisis. For the past year and even longer, Democrats in both Houses of Congress have proposed...



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    Senator Bill Nelson

    From: FL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-06-27

    NELSON. Madam President, this week the Senate is going to consider legislation dealing with the crisis in Puerto Rico. The legislation before us, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic...



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    Representative Luis V. Gutiérrez

    From: IL District 4

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-04-14

    GUTIERREZ. Mr. Speaker, as we were reminded yesterday by the Speaker of the House, Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, and the Constitution explicitly gives Congress the power to ``make all needful rules...



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    Senator Orrin G. Hatch

    From: UT

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-03-17

    HATCH. Madam President, I am trying to assess the financial and economic challenges facing Puerto Rico, an issue I have been speaking about since last summer. In fact, it was July of last year when I...



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    Senator Gary Peters

    From: MI

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-03-17

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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-01-27

    REID. Mr. President, on another matter, the island of Puerto Rico continues to face billions of dollars of debt. I don't know the number--$17 billion. We hear all kinds of numbers. Puerto Rico is part...



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    Senator Orrin G. Hatch

    From: UT

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-12-18

    HATCH. Now, Mr. President, before the Senate adjourns for the year, I want to speak once again on Puerto Rico's financial and economic challenges. Yesterday, we heard frustration from a number of my...



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    Representative Luis V. Gutiérrez

    From: IL District 4

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-17

    GUTIERREZ asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. GUTIERREZ. Mr. Speaker, I can't vote for the omnibus bill because it doesn't give the people of Puerto Rico some hope...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-17

    REID. Mr. President, 18,000 Puerto Ricans served in the Armed Forces in World War I; 65,000 in the Second World War; 61,000 during the Korean war; 48,000 in the Vietnam war. Since 1917, more than 200,000...



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    Senator Bill Nelson

    From: FL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-17

    NELSON. Mr. President, a number of my colleagues will be coming to the floor in just a while to talk about the crisis that is going on in the island territory of Puerto Rico. Remember, Puerto Rico is...



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    Senator Maria Cantwell

    From: WA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-17

    CANTWELL. Mr. President, I thank the Senator from Florida for coming to the floor and speaking so articulately about the need for help for Puerto Rico. His State is the most impacted State in the United...



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    Senator Robert Menendez

    From: NJ

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-17

    MENENDEZ. Mr. President, first, I thank the distinguished senior Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which has jurisdiction over the territories, including Puerto Rico, for her advocacy,...



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    Senator Richard Blumenthal

    From: CT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-17

    BLUMENTHAL. Mr. President, I am inspired by the very eloquent words of my colleague from New Jersey and others, from Senator Nelson of Florida and particularly from Senator Cantwell, and thank them for...



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    Senator Richard J. Durbin

    From: IL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-17

    DURBIN. Mr. President, I am happy to join my colleagues in this statement on the floor relative to the situation in Puerto Rico. I commend Senator Cantwell as well as Senator Blumenthal, who is a lead...



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    Senator Maria Cantwell

    From: WA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-10

    CANTWELL. Mr. President, I come to the floor tonight to discuss Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States since 1898. Millions of residents have been citizens since 1917, nearly 100 years. This community...



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    Senator Orrin G. Hatch

    From: UT

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-11-30

    HATCH. Madam President, I rise to speak on Puerto Rico's financial and economic challenges. The Government of Puerto Rico tells us the territory has more than $73 billion in debt that is, to use their...



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    Senator Bill Nelson

    From: FL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-11-30

    NELSON. Madam President, this Senator from Florida doesn't think it is true that Puerto Rico is having such economic chaos that the net result is that Puerto Ricans--who are American citizens--move to...



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    Representative Luis V. Gutiérrez

    From: IL District 4

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-07-29

    GUTIERREZ. Mr. Speaker, yesterday I spoke about Puerto Rico's debt crisis and how there must be a sense of urgency because, without action, bondholders will be paid, but teachers, cops, and nurses won't. ...



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    Senator Roger F. Wicker

    From: MS

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-05-23

    WICKER. Mr. President, it is important for the United States to continue its efforts to promote a close relationship with Puerto Rico and its citizens. That includes supporting a fair and democratic...